Conference Program

 

Thank you to everyone who attended Education on Planet Earth October 7, 2016 in Calgary at Lord Shaughnessy High School. We had over 110 delegates, 27 workshops and two inspiring keynote sessions.

Ashly, a student teacher from Mount Royal University volunteered to take photos at the conference, she captured the spirit of the conference, see all the photos here.

Many of the presenters have shared their resources and presentations, see the list below. If you would like to connect with any of the presenters, please contact Christina at christina@abcee.org and she can pass along contact information.

Below is the full program if you need a reminder of the great day!

We hosted another conference on February 6, 2017 in Edmonton. See the details here.

Conference Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey, here are a few highlights:

  • 94% of respondents rated the conference as Excellent/Very Good
  • 91% of respondents rated Education Minister David Eggen's presentation as Excellent/Very Good
  • 97% of respondents are Very Likely/Likely to attend next year

 

A couple of comments from participants...

Learning about successful environmental education techniques from students and teachers was inspiring. The conference provides a much needed spotlight for environmental education in Alberta.

Every time I go to one of these conferences I make contacts that inspire me to be more creative in my work by giving me their stories and tools to engage the youth in meaningful topics.

The Education on Planet Earth Conference, hosted by ACEE, only strengthen my resolve to provide education opportunities for students focused on climate change and biodiversity.

Resources

P.E.E.L. Project (Westmount Charter School Keynote)

 

Elements Society (Taking on a School Wide Project for Big Impact and Energy Conservation at School)

 

Caring for Our Watersheds

 

Green Calgary (Worms Love Leftovers)

 

Palisades Centre (Connect! Quick Outdoor Activities and Resources)

  • Did you know that Parks Canada provides unique, outdoor educational opportunities for students in grades 7-12?  The Palisades Centre is set in Jasper National Park and surrounded by the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains. Our strength is experiential education, blending mountain recreation with environmental stewardship. Junior high and high school students are immersed in nature during multi-day programs that are curricular linked, engaging and foster a sense of cultural and environmental stewardship.  The centre and the programs are highlighted in this document.
    Contact the centre's Education Lead  - Barb Schmidt  barb.schmidt@pc.gc.ca
    www.thepalisadescentre.ca or http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/edu/edu5.aspx
  • Program information in french.

 

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (BearFaced Biology)

 

Weaslehead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society (Taking it Outside: Wetland Wonders)

 

Lynn Moore, Cochrane High School (Inquiry into Sustainable Environments and 'I see the big picture now')

  • If you have any questions for Lynn, she can be reached at: lmoore@rvschools.ab.ca
  • View a video and short summary of Lynn's work here.

 

Puzzle Permaculture (No more excuses, just plant some stuff!)

 

Alberta Parks (How Video Conferencing can Connect Students to Nature)

 

Lindsey Kindrat (Green School Connections)

 

Gareth Thomson and Adam Robb (Supporting Student Exploration and Action Around Climate Change)

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

 

 

Solas Energy Consulting        Royal Roads University

7:45am

Registration table opens

Come collect your name tag and registration package starting at 7:30am.

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8:00am - 8:40am

Coffee, exhibit viewing and connecting with your colleagues

Grab a coffee, meet conference delegates and learn from the exhibits set up in the foyer.

8:40am - 10:00am

Keynote - One Classroom's Exploration of Climate Change - and why we need more

PEEL (People for Energy and Environmental Literacy) is a year-long inquiry that immerses students, teachers, and families in an exploration of climate change. Students work with more than 25 organizations from around Alberta to explore the complexities of navigating energy and the environment in Alberta, understand what's at stake, what a greener future might look like - and what they can do.

Presenters: Paula McGarrigle, Solas Energy Consulting; and Christine Avey, Westmount Charter

Greetings from the Education Minister David Eggen

Education Minister David Eggen will outline the links between the Provincial governments' work – including new curriculum - and our conference theme.

Greetings from Conference Co-Chair Gareth Thomson and ACEE Board Chair Brad Clute

Gareth Thomson, Executive Director with Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) and Brad Clute Board Chair for and Sustainability Coordinator with Mountain Equipment Co-op will set the context for our day together.

Julie Hrdlicka, CBE Trustee Introduction of Minister David Eggen

Julie Hrdlicka will introduce Education Minister David Eggen.

10:00am - 10:15am

Health Break and Exhibits

Take time to connect with your colleagues, grab a healthy snack and a coffee and check out the exhibits.

10:00am - 10:15am

10:15am - 12:00pm Full morning sessions

Integrating Screen Time with Green Time: A Place for Gaming Technology in Environmental Education

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

Do you find yourself facing the challenge of balancing screen time with green time in your classroom?  Bow Habitat Station has collaborated with Discovery Agents, a gaming app, to fuse screen time and environmental education. This hands on session will turn you into a Discovery Agent and showcase how to meaningfully integrate technology into outdoor lesson plans to simultaneously promote cognitive, physical and technological growth. Bring your laptop and mobile device and create, publish, and play Discovery Agents in this session!

Presenters: Discovery Agents is a Move to Play & Learn mobile game that kids play to connect to nature, learning and physical activity! Launching in Calgary in 2012, this innovative program has since expanded throughout North America with partners like the U.S. Forest Service, Texas State Parks, the National Park Service, and the City of Los Angeles.
Kate Zeiler & Robyn Rush are the education program coordinators at Bow Habitat Station.  They lead a team of environmental education programmers that directly connect with over 60,000 Albertans annually to become stewards of our air, land, water and biodiversity. Tina Petrick is the Community Relations Director with Discovery Agents, an innovative educational technology firm with a mission to connect kids to learning and nature through gaming. Tina is a non-practising lawyer with experience advising entrepreneurs, television and film productions, and artists.

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Keys to the Future - Storytelling and Telling our Stories

The Nakoda AV Club youth will teach participants about their animation and film based story telling curriculum through experiential learning - be prepared to listen, learn, and animate in this collaborative workshop. Indigenous youth will lead you through the importance of story and experience in Indigenous pedagogy, and share examples of their work in classrooms across the province teaching children about environment, community, and their responsibility to the earth. No artistic skills or experience required!

Presenters: The Nakoda AV Club believes in the power of story and the potential of youth. Members are artists from various disciplines, who work together using new technology to share old traditions. They provide workshops to children and youth in various settings, and produce films, events, screenings, and art shows.

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Reconnecting to Nature at the High School Level

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

Developing a working Natural Science program can be a challenge. Join Warren Lake as he illustrates the journey that Robert Thirsk High School has taken in developing a burgeoning program from Grades 10 to 12. We will get outside for a guided walk, talk and activities.

Presenter: Warren Lake taught for 18 years in the Canadian Rockies at Canmore Collegiate High School before coming back to Calgary to help open Robert Thirsk High School three years ago. He considers himself to be a classroom Biology teacher in transition as he tries to find his way back to nature and lives by the following quote:
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Nelson Henderson

BOB (Blitz on Biodiversity)

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

This workshop will lead you through the three stages of environmental literacy. The first stage will focus on developing observation skills and techniques to prepare students for biological field work. The second stage will provide tools for helping your students assess local biodiversity and the third stage will concentrate on taking their new-found environmental knowledge and transforming it into conservation action. Take this experience back to the classroom and help your students get the most out of their field work.

Presenters: Marc Labbé has a college degree in Natural Sciences, more than 25 years of teaching experience with K-11 students, 2 years as educator and coordinator at Petro-Canada Bird School (a Campus Calgary/Open Minds site), 2 years of delivering school programs for Animal & Bylaw Services and is now coordinating school programs for the Calgary Zoo. Marc has always been an avid student of nature from Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area outside of Quebec City to the provincial and national parks in the Canadian Rockies.

Growing up on the lakes of Northwestern Ontario, Andrea Beaty developed a love of nature from an early age.  She has an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism degree/Bachelor of Science in Biology, along with a Teaching Diploma.  She has worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada as a Wetland Education Consultant and has spent six years teaching in the classroom both locally and abroad.  For the past two years she has been the Zoo School Coordinator at the Calgary Zoo, delivering an innovative, curriculum-based program that allows students and teachers to experience authentic learning while connecting to their local community.

10:15am - 11:00am

Bearfaced Biology – Uncovering science and conservation through bear biology

The grizzly bear is one of Canada’s most loved and feared wild animals. And yet, it is quite misunderstood. As a result, the grizzly bear serves as an excellent vehicle for learning about larger issues such as ecosystems, biological diversity and community and population biology. Bearfaced Biology encompasses science-based, grizzly-related activities for Grades 7-12.  You will take home resources for immediate use with your students. By presenting the facts through current, authentic scientific data, and by providing ideas on how to take action, we aim to help empower your students to make a positive difference for grizzlies and their environment.

Presenter: CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Its 13 chapters work to protect Canada’s public lands and waters. The Southern Alberta Chapter is the leading chapter in environmental education, delivering multi-visit in-class environmental education and outdoor interpretive hiking programs for more than 19 years. Jaclyn Angotti, Education Director, has been engaging students in environmental education since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010 from the University of Alberta. Jaclyn is passionate about inspiring others to become environmental stewards.

Nature LEAD - Youth Leadership skill-building program

Learn about the City of Calgary's Nature LEAD program!  A program developed to enhance leadership skills in youth ages 11 - 15 years old through nine different modules, each concentrating on a different leadership skill.  Through the use of games, activities, group discussions, debrief sessions, and volunteer opportunities, youth learn what it means to be a leader in anything they do!  The program is delivered by City of Calgary Environmental Educators, and it is offered in a hybrid of classroom-style learning sessions, along with activities and games that promote the topics being discussed.  During our session, we will discuss some of the different projects the participants have taken part in during the  volunteer portion of the program.

Presenter: Chris Hicks has been working with the City of Calgary for over 7 years. He has a background in Recreation Studies.

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Worms Love Leftovers: Inquiry based learning in the classroom

This session will provide you with easy strategies to apply inquiry based learning methods in your classrooms, such as using environmental experiences as a springboard for inquiry. This session will use vermicomposting activities as an example of projects that can be used to facilitate inquiry in the classroom.

Presenters: Raine Sillito spent her youth exploring nature and growing food with her family in rural Alberta. A permaculture course inspired her to work with children and explore her passion for education, sustainable living and creating space for social innovation.
 
A native Calgarian, Stephanie Aleksiuk spent her youth tagging along with her dad as he researched the Back-to-the-Land Movement; beginning her love for the natural world. Since earning her BA in Canadian Studies, she's been raising a family and aims to pass her care for the earth to them.

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Ag 101: Exploring Sustainable Agriculture

The agriculture industry in Alberta helps to feed the world - and it plays a big role on our planet. This session will highlight an agriculture education program for junior high schools and high schools, where students are introduced to a variety of topics within agriculture on sustainable farming and ranching practices, developments, and technologies. Teachers will learn how to incorporate sustainable agriculture into their curriculum in a meaningful way with connections to the Alberta Programs of Studies including CTF, CTS, Science, and Outdoor Education.

Presenter: Luree Williamson is CEO of Agriculture for Life, a not-for-profit organization she helped to build which provides farm safety and agriculture education across Alberta. Luree is passionate about the programs Ag for Life develops and supports, and has worked with countless teachers to bring hands-on, interactive, and innovative programs to both rural and urban schools. 

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Innovate St. Richard - Project Based Learning for the Environment

This session will explain the Innovate St. Richard Program, a unique project based learning program that combines school-wide energy management, environmental literacy, urban agriculture and social justice initiatives. Project ideas and templates will be available as well as advice on how to work with your school district’s facilities services, find funding, and overcome road-blocks to open doors for your students to have a meaningful and positive impact on the environment and their community all the while hitting curricular outcomes.

Presenter: James lives in Edmonton with his wife and two cats. He has been teaching elementary school for ten years and has also spent time traveling and working overseas. He has a keen interest in renewable energy, environmental education and empowering youth to have a positive impact on their community. He is a musician, college radio DJ and president of the B’s Supporting Youth Foundation.

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11am - 11:15am

Health Break and Exhibits

Take time to connect with your colleagues, grab a healthy snack and coffee and check out the exhibits.

11:15am - 12pm

A Forest in the Palm in Your Hand: 21st Century Learners and Forest Education

How do you bring forest education to life when you can't bring your students to a forest?  You don't have to go out on a limb find the answer! Inside Education's mini boreal backgrounder will firmly plant you in the current state of Alberta's forests, including making an all-important connection to climate change. Then, we'll showcase a few ways teachers across the province can bring forests into the classroom through project-based learning and help you discover some Monday-morning-ready activities! This session is applicable to all grade levels.

Presenter: Jenna Schulhof joined Inside Education in 2012 as part of the forest education team and now works in all areas creating and delivering a wide range of programs. When she is not teaching about the natural world, you can often find her off exploring it. Her happy place is in the Rocky Mountains skiing and climbing and, when it's not too cold, loves to capture those moments in photography.

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Caring For Our Watersheds

Caring For Our Watersheds partners with communities to create focused solutions to local watershed issues. Each year, this contest invites students to submit proposals that answer the question "What can you do to improve your watershed?" This program rewards students and schools who submit the most creative, though-provoking and innovative ideas. Implementation funding and community mentorship is available to turn students' ideas into realistic solutions.

Presenter: Barbara Kowalzik has been working with the City of Calgary in Environmental Education for six years. She is currently a Program Advisor for the Department of Parks and is responsible for curriculum-based programming as well as sponsored programming.

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Taking on a School Wide Project for Big Impact

Learn how to successfully implement a school wide project or campaign that is measurable and demonstrates impact within the school and beyond. Learn how to facilitate students through planning steps using different environmental topics such as energy, water, waste, food and transportation. Finally, one of our Destination Conservation schools will share a presentation about how they successfully delivered a campaign and some of their challenges, tips and best practices.

Presenter: The Elements Society develops collaboration and skills among leaders who inspire others in their schools, workplaces and communities for positive and sustainable impacts.  Our team applies expertise in behavior change to facilitate, guide and connect people with relevant skills, knowledge and other change makers to make our world better.

Backyard Bees, Gardens, and Apple Trees

Engage your school community in an enrichment project that teaches environmental stewardship through beekeeping, gardening, and orchard management. Through a deep inquiry process, learn how to transform your students into beekeepers and master gardeners.  Our Bee Buddies and Eco Club projects has turned our students into engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and outstanding entrepreneurs…not to mention the money raised by selling our local all natural honey! 

Presenter: Penny Mueller grew up in a small community much like Crestomere where she loved to ride horses, ski the mountains, and fish in the local streams and rivers.  She attended the University of Alberta where she attained both a degree in middle school education, and a masters degree in leadership and school improvement.  She enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, sailing, golfing and fishing. For the past nine years she has been the principal of a small rural school. She has taught everything between grades 3-9.

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Climate Change Education in Your Classroom

Climate change can be an overwhelming topic for students and teachers alike.  Discussing this topic at the local level can broaden students' understanding of one of the biggest global challenges.  By using online tools, developed by GreenLearning Canada,  we will learn how to bring real-world examples of climate change and energy education into your classroom.

Presenter: Jill Swingler joins GreenLearning Canada with almost 8 years of experience in environmental education.  From leading outdoor field programs to presenting at the Canadian Water Summit, Jill approaches all learning opportunities with the hope of expanding someone's perspective.

 

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12:00pm - 1:15pm

Lunch and connecting with your colleagues

Join us for lunch and connect with your colleagues.

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Announcements - Conference Co-Chair, Christina Pickles

Announcements to start our afternoon.
 

Supporting student learning towards designing climate solutions: a CBE story. Adam Robb and students

Adam Robb and his students will share their work around climate change solutions.

1:00pm - 3:30pm Full afternoon sessions

Using Alberta Parks as Authentic Learning Landscapes

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

Explore how you can use Alberta Parks landscapes to initiate unique learning opportunities and build knowledge with your students. You will spend this half day session working through an inquiry/project based learning process and you'll walk away with creative ways to launch into your inquiry learning initiatives. We'll build our collective knowledge and stories together and consider how we can further apply or act on student's new knowledge. While we explore together we will provide some opportunities to build your own nature knowledge to help you feel personally connected to these special places.

Presenters: Andrea Barnes (from Kananaskis Country) and Roland Kirzinger (from Fish Creek Provincial Park) are Environmental Education Coordinators with Alberta Parks. They have collectively spent over 40 years engaging students in the outdoor classroom. They are passionate and energetic individuals and are continually looking for new approaches to meet the needs of teachers and students. Most recently, they have dove into the world of inquiry and project-based learning to better connect students to parks through meaningful, authentic experiences.

Take it outside: Wetland Wonders

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

Take learning outside and find out first hand what goes on at a typical Grade 5 Field Trip at the Weaselhead. One of our Naturalists will guide you through the park to one of our wetlands. Here participants will get the opportunity to conduct a pond study, examining the different aquatic invertebrates and plants that live in our wetland. We will demonstrate how we use wetlands as a hands on way to teach curriculum as well as show the value that wetlands have to our environment. We will offer activities that could be taken back and done right within the school grounds or natural areas close by.

Presenter: Rebeccah Schwab has been a Naturalists with the Weaselhead for 2.5 years. She grew up in Winnipeg where she spent most of her childhood canoeing, hiking and camping. She relocated to Calgary to pursue a degree in Education. Her love for nature and the outdoors lead her directly to teaching in a outdoor setting with the Weaselhead.

Facilitating Watershed Stewardship through X-Stream Science

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

You will learn about the X-Stream Science program and  have the chance to run through the experiential learning opportunity that is afforded to teachers and students through their local  Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) . You will hear from other teachers on how they collaborated with their local Watershed WPAC. This collaboration lead to both increased local youth stewardship and met curriculum objectives. By working together in strong partnerships we can help to build ethical citizens, critical thinkers and strong stewards.

Presenter: The WPAC Outreach Coordinators from three of the eleven WPAC's in Alberta have worked together to bring about programs that engage students in real world issues at a watershed level. They carry out programming in their respective watersheds but often can be found working together to meet the common needs of teachers, students and schools in Alberta.

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Inquiry into Sustainable Environments: Green Architecture, Urban Agriculture, Biomimicry and Design Thinking in High School

Leave this session with all the materials you need to incorporate this inquiry project into your curriculum. Watch a short video to see the students' enthusiasm and expertise gained in this project, and enjoy their originality, from using termite mound architecture to design HVAC systems, to rebuilding community space.  I will share my “behind the scenes” differentiation and scaffolding to develop the crucial 21st century processes of Design Thinking, Brainstorming, Sustainable Environments, Human Wellness, Creativity, Innovation, and Biomimicry.  Used to cover the Bio 20 ecology curriculum, I also use these ideas with Science 9/10 and CTS Natural Resources.

Presenter: Lynn Moore has taught middle school and High School (19 years) and is presently a Science Teacher at Cochrane High School and a Design Fellow in Rockyview Schools.  Her professional development centers on inquiry, design thinking, creativity, permaculture and biomimicry.  Earlier her life, she earned a BSc., MSc. (ecology) and PhD (biochemical ecology and entomology), worked in a microbiology lab, did field research in forest caterpillar population dynamics (UBC), and invertebrates and soil fertility in Ontario (Agriculture Canada).

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Energy Conservation at School

Learn how to facilitate students to be leaders in their school by taking on a school wide initiative on energy conservation. You will learn do a school investigation/audit, work through lessons on different topics related to energy and hear from a group of students that have implemented an energy conservation campaign at their school.

Presenter: The Elements Society develops collaboration and skills among leaders who inspire others in their schools, workplaces and communities for positive and sustainable impacts.  Our team applies expertise in behavior change to facilitate, guide and connect people with relevant skills, knowledge and other change makers to make our world better.

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No more excuses, just plant some stuff!

We have heard (and used) all of the excuses in the book on reasons to not sow and grow plants in a classroom.  Now you have no more excuses!  We will give you all of the basic tips and tricks to start growing food and flowers on a strict budget with high success.  Thinking about starting a school garden, this will also be the session you are looking for if you are wondering what to plant.

Presenter: Chelsie is an educator with Puzzle Permaculture and owner of "Chelsie's Garden Soil-utions."   She teaches classes to children and adults to provide valuable insights into fixing the soil in order to grow beautiful, healthy and organic gardens.  Growing vegetables since she was very young, Chelsie has passed along her love of worms, soil, and plants to her 3 children.  She is the only woman who can proudly say she has had worms going on 7 years now and is never happier than when she is with her red wigglers compost worms! 

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Supporting Student Exploration and Action Around Global Climate Change

When it comes to engaging students around climate change, CBE teacher Adam Robb is one of the best in the business.   The Alberta Council for Environmental Education has partnered with Adam to capture his best teaching approaches and ideas in this education program, designed to support Social Studies, CTS - and more.  In this hands-on workshop we'll share the resource, model a few activities, and give you time to discuss how to weave this topic into your classroom practice.

Presenters: Gareth Thomson is the Executive Director of the Alber. He has over twenty-five years experience in environmental education, working for the government of Alberta and then as Education Director for an NGO.

Adam Robb is a teacher/program developer who believes that students deserve to have the chance to design solutions that will result in stronger, more resilient communities. Adam was awarded the Living Future Hero Award by the International Living Future Institute in Seattle and also received the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. He teaches Energy and Environmental Innovations at the high school level in Calgary.

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Engaging Students in the Outdoors - Beyond the typical nature journal experience.

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

As student’s lives speed and screen time increases, the ability to slow down and connect with nature in authentic ways decreases.  Come and slow down with me.  We are going to use our hands to make a  journal from scratch.  But that is not all... then we are heading out, rain or shine, for a wander with some activities to guide students back to the power of Kairos time and experiencing nature through the senses.  Bring you favorite writing tool.

Presenter: Paul Marlett started his career in Jr. high teaching PE, Leadership, Dance and Outdoor Pursuits, then moved on to High School.  For the past 5 years he has been teaching grade 2 to 9 in the Blended Home Schooling Program with CBE.  An outdoor enthusiast, novice carver, and innovative teacher, one of his driving goals is to help students find that quiet space to take a breath, be it to savor a moment or collect their emotions before reacting.

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Health Break

Take time to connect with your colleagues, grab a healthy snack and coffee.

2:30pm - 3:30pm

"I see the big picture now!" - That's What Your Students Will Say After Using Alberta Tomorrow

See how teachers are incorporating Alberta Tomorrow into their project based inquiry learning using this hands-on, citizen science app that makes it easy to show the interconnectedness of our environment, economy and society. Teacher Lynn Moore will demonstrate how she encouraged systems thinking in her students using Alberta Tomorrow in her Grade 10 class and will give examples of how other teachers incorporated Alberta Tomorrow into their teaching practice from grades 4-11.  You will leave this session with a good understanding of how the land-use simulator works, free lesson plans, and ideas of how you can incorporate AT into your science, biology, social studies, or CTS class!

Presenter: Lynn Moore has taught middle school and High School (19 years) and is presently a Science Teacher at Cochrane High School and a Design Fellow in Rockyview Schools.  Her professional development centers on inquiry, design thinking, creativity, permaculture and biomimicry.  Earlier her life, she earned a BSc., MSc. (ecology) and PhD (biochemical ecology and entomology), worked in a microbiology lab, did field research in forest caterpillar population dynamics (UBC), and invertebrates and soil fertility in Ontario (Agriculture Canada).

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Acting Outside: Encouraging Environmental Connectedness in Children through Role-play

Creating environmental education programs that effectively link both curricular concepts and natural curiosity in students can be a struggle.  Dramatic activities such as role-play can bridge these fundamentals through incorporating place-based learning, creative teaching practices, and student inquiry.  Through interactive role-play, participants connect more deeply with the message of the program as they are encouraged to help shape the activity; shifting students from passive observers to active creators.  This session will cover the impact of drama as a form of program delivery, as well as provide an opportunity for registrants to “Act Outside” themselves!

Presenter: Emma Ausford is the Children’s Education Coordinator at the University of Alberta’s Devonian Botanic Garden. She holds a MA in Environmental Education, a BSc in Environmental and Conservational Sciences, and has over 15 years of experience in creating and delivering environmental education programs in a variety of non-formal education venues; including summer camps, farms, park systems, and botanic gardens.

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How Video Conferencing can Connect Students to Nature

It isn't always possible to visit the grasslands or the badlands but it is possible to connect your students with these landscapes and those who live and study them through videoconferencing. Join Alberta Parks to learn more about how videoconferencing can help your students learn about their province and inspire them to get out and explore their own backyards!

Presenters: Sarah Downey is an Environmental Educator for Alberta Parks in the Lethbridge and Pincher Creek District. Through field studies, video conferences and in class visits she has the amazing opportunity to share her passion for nature with students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. From dipping nets into a wetlands to seeing Dinosaur fossils, she gets to witness students become captivated by the natural world around them and ask more questions about why things are the way they are.

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Green School Connections - A Teacher's Guide to Innovation, Resources & Strategies

Green building has become one of the most innovative topics of our time. This session gets the conversation going on green schools: what makes them unique, their importance to staff and students, statistics and examples in Alberta, and strategies for embedding sustainability into ongoing education. Taking a 'LEED for Teachers' approach, the LEED rating system will be discussed through dynamic engagement as a key programmatic driver and foundation of green building projects across Canada. Attendees will come away actively engaged with ideas, strategies, resources and connections to a broad network of green building initiatives throughout the country.

Presenter: As a teacher's daughter, Lindsey Kindrat combines a passion for education and sustainable buildings. Lindsey started as a Sustainability Specialist with City of Calgary, developing environmental programs for land and buildings. As Graham Construction's LEED Specialist she managed sustainable construction and LEED certification of Alberta schools. Now as Director of 3 Point Environmental, Lindsey provides green building consulting throughout North America. As a Director of the CaGBC, she supports sustainable buildings and education for the next generation.

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Connect! - Quick Outdoor Activities and Resources

**Come dressed ready to be outside for this session.

The Great Outdoors is a powerful classroom. Join the Education Liaison from Parks Canada's Palisades Education Centre in Jasper National Park.  After a quick introduction to current research and global trends, spend the afternoon learning quick activities and games that you can use to engage your students.  Participants will leave with no less than 15 general, yet motivating, games and activities that can be used across the curriculum and with students at various grade levels. A simple experiential learning model will be introduced.  Participants will be introduced to numerous resources and have time for reflection and networking.  Come prepared to be outside!

Presenter: Barbara Schmidt has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and a Masters in Educational Contexts from the University of Calgary. She has 17 years of teaching experience. She is currently working with Parks Canada on an interchange agreement and is the Education Liaison at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre in Jasper National Park. Barb is a Canadian Wildlife Foundation Wild Education Facilitator and is passionate about experiential education.  As the Education Liaison working with Parks Canada, Barb oversees the curricular programs at the centre. The center provides experiential education for youth; blending mountain recreation with environmental stewardship. Nature-immersion programs (day, multi-day or high school credit courses) encourage ecological, geographical and physical literacy and provoke students to become stewards of the environment. www.thepalisadescentre.ca

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Health Break

Take time to connect with your colleagues, grab a healthy snack and a coffee and head over to the Learning Commons to make sense of everything you learned today. There will also be draw prizes!

3:45pm - 4:00pm

Next steps for your professional practice - and prizes!

Help make sense of what you learned today and build a network you can rely on as you weave these new ideas and activities in your classroom or program. Join us for this engaging session. We will also have draw prizes, including a gift certificate for Mountain Equipment Co-op.